Posted: 2/10/22

TAMIU Continues Black History Month with Conversation on Afrolatinidad


Black History Month

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will continue its observation of Black History Month Wednesday, Feb. 16 with a conversation about Afrolatinidad by exploring  Afro-Latinx histories and identities.

Allison C. Roman, better known as Alli, is a Black Latina educator, storyteller, and social justice advocate and will share a conversation about Afrolatinidad with the TAMIU community during a conversation titled, "Voicing Afro-Latinx Histories and Identities." The event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Student Center 230 and is open to TAMIU community members.

Upcoming Black History Month events include the following:         


Wednesday, Feb. 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - STC 230 | Social Justice Leadership Series presents an in-person panel discussion, "Black Experiences at TAMIU." TAMIU faculty and students will share their experiences. Guest panelists include Dr. Peter Haruna, professor and director of Public Administration,  Dr. Varaidzo Zvobgo, assistant professor of Public Administration, Simileoluwa Odunuga, TAMIU student, and other student leaders. Open to TAMIU community members.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. - Virtual event. Free and open to the pubic | The Diverse Cultures, Diverse Humanities Series will  offer a virtual lecture with Dr. Gretchen Sullivan Sorin. Her lecture is titled, "Driving   While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights." Dr. Sullivan Sorin is Director and Distinguished Service Professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a training program for museum curators, educators, and directors that is part of the State University of New York College at Oneonta. She is also a Fellow of the New York Academy of historians. For the past 20 years Sorin has worked to broaden representation in the museum field for underrepresented groups. To register, visit: https://www.tamiu.edu/coas/lla/diversity-series/sorin.shtml

Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m. - Virtual event. Free and open to the public | The Diverse Cultures, Diverse Humanities Series will present a Virtual Lecture with Dr. Neal Lester on "Straight Talk about the Nword." Dr. Lester is Foundation Professor of English and Founding Director of the multiple award-winning Project Humanities initiative at Arizona State University. With expertise in African American literature and culture, Dr. Lester has authored or edited seven books and myriad essays and chapters on topics ranging from the race and gender politics of hair, Black masculinities, and African American folklore, to Toni Morrison’s children’s books. In addition to his publications on ntozake shange, Alice Walker, Sapphire, and Zora Neale Hurston, Dr. Lester has done pioneering work on the Nword, having created and taught the first college course on the Nword in the United States. To register, visit: https://www.tamiu.edu/coas/lla/diversity-series/lester.shtml

TAMIU's Black History Month events are presented in collaboration with TAMIU's Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee (TIDE), TAMIU Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, and the Diverse Cultures, Diverse Humanities Series.

For more information, please contact TAMIU's Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email prmis@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.